Tony Pulis will be delighted with his team’s start to the season, which has seen Stoke move to the verge of the Europa League group stage while also securing draws against Chelsea and Norwich in the Premier League.
The Potters demonstrated that never-say-die spirit at Carrow Road with a late equaliser courtesy of Kenwyne Jones which means they are unbeaten in five matches and that is likely to continue against a modest FC Thun who were beaten 1-0 at home last Thursday.
Stoke are a best price 8/15 (Betfred – £50 free bets) to claim victory against their Swiss opponent, with Pulis likely to rotate his squad ahead of Sunday’s trip to West Brom where the Welshman would love to record yet another victory against an Albion side that the Potters seem to have the Indian sign over.
Many people will be tempted by the 5/4 (William Hill – £25 free betting) that the Premier League side lead at half-time and full-time as they did in Switzerland, although it is also worth noting that every Stoke match this season has resulted in Under 2.5 Goals and that outcome can be backed at 9/10 (Ladbrokes).
Robert Huth and Matthew Etherington will be suspended for the match, with Matthew Upson likely to come into the back four as he did in the first leg and we might expect Glen Whelan to line up from the start, with the Irishman 16/1 to break the deadlock.